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Charming as a Verb

By: Ben Philippe

Henri “Halti” Haltiwanger can charm just about anyone. He is a star debater and popular student at the prestigious FATE academy, the dutiful first-generation Haitian son, and the trusted dog walker for his wealthy NYC neighbors. But his easy smiles mask his tireless work ethic and burning ambition to attend his dream college, Columbia University.

There is only one person who seems immune to Henri’s charms: his “intense” classmate and neighbor Corinne Troy. When she uncovers Henri’s less-than-honest dog-walking scheme, she blackmails him into helping her change her image at school. Henri agrees, seeing potential upside for himself.

Soon, what started as a mutual hustle turns into something more surprising than either of them ever bargained for.…

ISBN: 9780062824141

JLG Release: Dec 2020


Sensitive Areas: Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use
Topics: Dating and relationships , Dog walking , College applications , New York City

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Henri Haltiwanger (Halti) walks dogs for his well-to-do neighbors to earn money to help out at home, operating as an individual but pretending to work for a fictitious company to make himself look more legitimate. When his headstrong, studious (but socially awkward) neighbor Corinne discovers his deception, she blackmails him into helping her with Henri Haltiwanger (Halti) walks dogs for his well-to-do neighbors to earn money to help out at home, operating as an individual but pretending to work for a fictitious company to make himself look more legitimate. When his headstrong, studious (but socially awkward) neighbor Corinne discovers his deception, she blackmails him into helping her with her social skills. The arrangement results in a rom-com story line that complicates Halti’s college aspirations. Halti’s Haitian immigrant parents want him to attend Columbia University, which he’s worked hard to make a reality; he knows he is at a disadvantage compared to his wealthy classmates. A poor decision puts Halti’s dreams on the line as he tries to navigate his final year in high school, college admissions, young love, and friendship. In his second novel, Morris Award winner Philippe (The Field Guide to the North American Teenager) creates a witty, humorous, realistic snapshot of the pressures young people face as they make their way into adulthood. Through memorable, multifaceted characters, Philippe explores themes of how race, class, and socioeconomic status can open doors for some, while closing them for others. Refreshing, romantic, and at times laugh-out-loud funny, the book is satisfying and, yes, charming. MONIQUE HARRIS

Book Details

ISBN

9780062824141

First Release

December 2020

Genre

Fiction

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

336

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Balzer + Bray

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use

Topics

Dating and relationships, Dog walking, College applications, New York City,

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Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

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